10,000 to 20,000 deaths
As many as 200,000 cases of gastrointestinal bleeding, including
10,000 to 20,000 deaths, can be occurring each year as a result of
NSAIDs. They can also cause kidney or liver damage.2
David Hoffmann has been a clinical medical herbalist since 1979. He is one of the founding members of the
American Herbalists Guild and the author of 17 books. Here are some NSAIDs side effects he mentions in his
book Healthy Bones and Joints.3
- Gastro intestinal side effects
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased appetite
Central Nervous System Symptoms
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Loss of visual acuity
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Photosensitivity (sensitive to sunlight)
- Fast Heartbeat
- Burning or painful urination
- Vaginal bleeding
- Blood in urine
NSAIDs can also cause much more serious problems including:
- Heart irregularities
- Kidney problems (especially in the elderly)
Serious skin disorders
Liver conditions such as jaundice
How to reduce the side effects of NSAIDS or aspirin side effects?
Take them with food and several glasses of water to help reduce gastrointestinal discomfort.
Don’t lie down within 30 minutes of taking them to minimize irritation of and near the cardiac sphincter.
Do not take NSAIDs if you have a history of :
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Smoke tobacco
- Drink alcohol heavily
- Take an anticoagulant such as warfarin
- Take prednisone (a steroid)
- These are all risk factors for gastric ulceration.
Consult your physician or Naturopath before using NSAIDS.
It is interesting to note that aspirin was originally isolated
from plant sources. The name aspirin comes from the old botanical name
Many plants or
contain natural aspirin-like chemicals, without the side effects.
By determining the underlying cause of your
ailment you can work towards permanent pain relief. Choosing the freshest foods possible and
can help as well.
1. American College of Gastroenterology A.C.G. http://www.acg.gi.org/
2. Balch, A. Phyllis. CNC Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fourth Edition
(New York: Penguin Group, 2006) 222
3. Hoffman, David. Healthy Bones and Joints (United States, Versa Press, 2000) 6-7. 26-27.